CANNON BEACH - The musical "Quilters," by Molly Newman and Barbara Damashek, opens at the Coaster Theatre at 8 p.m. Friday, June 3.

"Quilters" is an eloquent tribute to the courage and spirit of our nation's pioneers. Blending scenes, music and dance into a rich mosaic, the story portrays the sweep and beauty, the terror and joy and the harsh challenges and rich rewards of pioneer life, a life in which a woman's legacy is the quilts she has made that tell the story of her life. The stories contained in the patterns of the quilt depict the lot of women on the frontier, and make "Quilters" the perfect way to celebrate the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial.

Directed by Chrisse Roccaro with musical direction by Rebecca Chelson, "Quilters" features Janie Sexton, Marilyn Reilly, Lisa Fergus, Barbara Temple Ayres, Emily Dante, Kristin Schulz, Deanna Nielsen, Stephanie McGuire, Kaya McGrath, Margo Dueber and Ann Tierney.

The show plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 3 and 4, and then throughout the summer, alternating dates with "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)" and "Postmortem." Tickets for "Quilters" are $14 to $18; a Summer Repertory Season ticket for all three shows is $40. Call the Coaster Theatre box office at (503) 436-1242 for reservations, dates or more information. The theater is located at 108 N. Hemlock St. in Cannon Beach.

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